More and more local authorities are charging substantial fees for textile banks, which is squeezing out charities and favouring commercial companies that profit from the donations, says a report published by Clothing Charity TRAID
TRAID’s Taking Stock report also says charities have seen their clothing recycling banks replaced by commercial companies’ banks, after councils asked them to leave.
TRAID says it has potentially lost over £850,000 in income since 2009 from lost clothing stock because of the replacement of its recycling banks by commercial operators.
Maria Chenoweth, chief executive at TRAID, said: “We are not asking councils to stop making commercial decisions.
“We are asking them to ensure that charities are not the victim of commercial decisions.
“By listening to residents, improving transparency about who profits from donations and ensuring commercial companies are not placed at the expense of charities, but in addition to them, local authorities can continue to support charities and their residents.”
According to the report, 38 per cent of 325 local authorities only use textile banks run by commercial companies, while 25 per cent only have banks run by charities.